My immigration story started in 2002 when I decided to come to United States from Sri Lanka to do my higher studies. Even applying for a Student visa was not easy. There was much paperwork and proofs of financial support and so many other documents I had to present to the embassy to get my F1 visa. I remember sitting there in the waiting room very nervous for the first time for the visa interview. Out of the thirty or so people who showed up that morning for visa interviews, there were only three of us who got their visas.
Taking the opportunity to submit further comments to USCIS about the DACA application and renewal process, CLINIC commended the agency for the changes it did make, including extending the DACA renewal application window to 150 days, simplifying the education-related questions, and streamlining the application requirement for renewal applicants. CLINIC also encouraged USCIS to make additional changes to the form and instructions to help both initial and renewal applicants better navigate the application process. Among the chief concerns for CLINIC and its affiliates is ensuring that DACA
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Last week Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated significant changes may be coming to the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) works with state and local law enforcement. This is welcome news, as more and more states and localities have been changing their policies to limit their cooperation with ICE’s enforcement requests.
As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration legal programs, CLINIC’s network currently consists of 250 affiliates with 340 office locations in 46 states and continues to grow. Even as CLINIC’s network expands, however, there are still not enough immigration programs to meet the need for low-cost immigration legal services.